Cattail Ale | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Cattail AleCattail Ale

Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: English Pale Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.16%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Described as a Wisconsin Mild Ale, brewed with water, malt, hops and yeast; hopped with Kent Golding and finished with a California Ale yeast strain.

Added by Winter on 04-08-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 112 |  Reviews: 103
Photo of Mdog
3.88/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold, good carbonation bubbles through the glass, ok head.

Smell: Sweet bread, light grass note saves it from being too macro-like.

Taste: A little bit of sweetness before moving into a moderate tea and grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Not too heavy.

Drinkability: Not sure if I could really "session" this if it's above 5%, but it went down smooth.

This was a pretty good summer beer with a little different flavor profile than the usual wheats and pilsners of the hot months. I don't see it around as much as the other Lakefront beers, but I'd have it again sometime.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a small head and no lacing.

Smell is rather plain, bready and malty like a typical lager, nothing really standing out.

Taste is light and crisp, similar to a lite lager, the carbonation is a bit high but adds to the crispness, malty yet not overly sweet, not much of a hop or bitter presence.

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Photo of dmowen
4.27/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a medium amber with a small head that dissapates rapidly to nothing; not even any lacing.Smells kinda fruity. Mouth-feel is OK and taste is kinda fruity/hoppy that finishes good. A good exampel of this type of style. Would definetly
buy this again.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.83/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester as part of this brewery's sampler 8-pack. Pours a hazy orange-yellow body with a half inch or so of off-white head. A very slight fruity grassy aroma, though hard to detect.... Tastes sweet and bready and slightly fruity toward the finish. On the lighter side of medium-bodied with ample carbonation. An easy-drinking

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a bubbly, orange, gold color with a small, foamy, egg-shell white head. It left no lace.

S - It smelld of grains, corn and some yeast.

T - It tasted of some mild spice and light caramel malt. Some grain-like flavors, too.

M - It was sharp and very crisp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good beer. It is my first ever of the style and I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Gmann
3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear toasted straw color with a very little head, no lacing detected. Not much aroma to talk about, I picked up some hints of caramel. The taste is of light toasted grains, some honey malt and mineral water. The brew has a subtle sweet/tart flavor. The feel is light but not watery, proper carbonation for the style. Finishes balanced with a slightly dry kick. I know why they call these session beers. You can easily down several without knowing. This is a great alternative to the macro, its light, not heavy on flavor with no grainy or adjuncty flavors.

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Photo of Misfit138
2.41/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass from longneck bottle

A- Light orange in color, very see through. Nice two inch head that left a nice lacing on the side.

B- Smelled like a lager, could be PBR or Bud based on smell. Mostly malts.

T- I know this is supposed to be an ale, not a lager but to me it taste much like a regular macro-brew. It largely is malty, with some grains, it does have some mild hop bitterness at the end which helps the taste some.

M- Pretty light and carbonated.

D- I wouldn't go out of my way for this, its not all that interesting. It would do well with the fans of the mainstream beers, would be a good choice for grilling out on a hot day. I never had an English Pale Mild Ale before, but like I said it seems like a lager.

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.09/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear dark copper color with a lace of head and looks highly carbonated. Smells like a macro lager, but a little sweeter. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and taste is very complex. The malts and hops are very well balanced. This is a pretty good beer. It's the only English Pale Mild Ale I've had and I'll have to have this again sometime.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.39/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow, an English mild - here's a style waypoint I don't come across very often, this style is a departure for me.

A - Head bubbles up and settles to a very thin ring. Gold body with active carbonation, but I'd like to see a little better head retention.

S - Sweet bready notes with some floral hops.

T - Kind of like sucking on hard toffee candy without too much sweetness, replaced by a few nips of hop. Any sweetness is more residual than up front.

F - Has crackle and pop. A little stickiness.

D - I didn't find this quite as easy to drink as I thought it would be; I think I'm just not used to beers like this. I like it, but I think it has a macro-like aftertaste I'm not too crazy about, but I won't slag it based on an aftertaste. This beer really makes me want to have a fish and chips, though.

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Photo of sjohansen
3.78/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy straw colored pint. Thick two finger white head from a rough pour. Disappears pretty quickly and leaves a thin film on top of the brew. Leaves some artsy lacing on random parts of the glass. I feel like I should take a picture of the design and frame it for the mantle.

Subtle hops and malts are all I can pick up in the nose.

Good hop bitterness throughout the palate, strongest in the finish. Good sweet balance on the front of the tongue. As it warms the yeast comes out a little bit and gives the finish some punch.

The mouthfeel is slightly watery, however the slight carbonation does shake things up just enough to give it some character.

This is a great tasting session brew. Not super powerful, but big on flavor.

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Photo of nickfl
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - One finger of white foam that settles quickly and leaves no lace. Golden body with good clarity.

S - Grainy with an herbal hop character.

T - Grainy, with a sweet malt character. Mild herbal hop flavor with mild bitterness. Sweet, cidery finish.

M - High carbonation with a moderate body.

D - Moderately drinkable. The hop character is pretty nice, but the green apple flavors and sweetness become quite cloying towards the end of the glass.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.8/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep golden hued with a moderate white head.
Bready nose intially. White bread off the bat. Actually, very bready throughout, and approaches toastedness occasionally. Underlying caramel. Turns a bit grainy midway. Thin bodied and seems almost powdery at times.
Straight-forward and pretty mundane, though quickly drainable.

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Photo of martymoat
3.76/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. Sweet and Mild bready aromas up front. Crystal clear and golden with a good bubbly head and a good amount of carbonation bubbles. Taste is sweet up front with a slight hint of earthy hop flavoring, has a almost pilsner like taste, finishes off dry but lingering and light to semi medium bodied .

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.43/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle toa pint glass the liquid is a light cloudy orange with ok carbonation. The head is small. on finger white that fades leaving little lace.

The smell is faint, perhaps some hops.

The taste is better, light malt but a pleasant hops.

The mouthfeel is good, cots of nice carbonation and a just lighter then medium body.

The drinkability is OK. not to bad to try but not a brew to seek out.


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Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a spicy grassy hop and a very grainy biscuity malt.

The taste was upfront spicy hops, reminiscent of a kolsch or pils, which is unusual for an English style. There was also a solid graininess with a mild sweetness.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a biting hop.

Overall a tasty and easy drinking ale. Very similar hop wise to a German pils or kolsch.

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Photo of slyke
3.46/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cattail Ale pours a bright golden color with a finger of white head that laces nicely.

Smell and taste have malt sweetness with a bit of grassiness.

Mouthfeel is medium body with a slightly coating with a crisp finish. Drinkability is good. A session with this one would be enjoyable.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy orange with a decent crème head that is falling rather quickly. Nose smells like dirty water. Then it turns to an almost stale kind of smell. The label tells me this was bottled 5 or 6 weeks ago. So I know it is fresh. Flavor is okay. Kind of a dirty grain flavor profile. That is about all that is there. This seems average at best to me. Feel is okay. Drinkability is low as this seems like mass produced beer and not something that could be of high quality. Pass.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.41/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear rich golden yellow, two finger head.

S- Pale malts, somewhat bisuity, and mellow hops.

T- Biscuity pale malt taste. very little hop bitterness, just enough to balance out the malts.

M- Light but rather smooth.

D- Very approchable.

A good lawnmower beer.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
3.48/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice golden yellow color with a thick white head that stays well.

S - Slight smell of hops but it is very faint and not much else.

T - Good flavor for an ale. Slightly sweet. Good light presence of hops.

M - Light body with flavor of a medium body. Good carbonation.

D - If you like ales this is a good one. This has as much flavor as any ale i've ever had. Good choice.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.38/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Originally reviewed June 7 2007. 12 Oz Bottle. Aroma is a weak sickly malt, a touch rubbery. Pours deep gold, with rim of off-white sparse head. Flavor is a plain, very bland middle sugar with a nip of corn and bread. Smacks out in some sort of lemon confusion. A pale Mild? Not interesting. I wish the Kent Goldings showed more and that it wasn’t so bland. Unoffensive. It tastes as you think it would, after looking at the label. Really pretty awful as a Mild Ale.

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Photo of StarSAELS
2.01/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I concur that this just doesn't taste fresh. I likened it to a stale skunked American B/M/C brew. Ale, my heine.

Poured into a pint glass. Little white 1/4" inch head quickly disappeared. No amount of swirling could bring it back. No apparent carbonation, but it made me belch like I was drinkin' Diet Coke (yuk). Smells grainy and a bit lemony... SOUR lemony... and tastes the same. It has that nasty cheap swill taste.

Thankfully the sampler pack had only one.

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Photo of jp32
2.5/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with minimal head retention.

Oranges and dark fruits maintain the majority of the aroma profile.

Theres something funny in the taste. Somewhat hoppy and fruity, but also high astringency and a strange tweed of unidentified taste.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean and the drinkability is average. Not a bad beer, just not convinced there isnt something strange with this particular batch, or maybe the beer altogether.

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Photo of GPHarris
2.45/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - poured a three-fingers thick off-white and bubbly head into my sam adams glass that left thick lace and sheeting. the body was straw gold and dull.
s - grainy, bready and grassy. kind of muted and just no pop.
t - lemony and bitter. just doesn't taste fresh.
m - bubbly and becomes slick towards the finish.
d - nondescript beer, i don't know what else to say.

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Photo of Bonhoeffer
2.73/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ack. Bottled in April. This one needs to be fresh. No idea what it would be like if it was. This one is off. Chunks of yeast. Hops are faded. It just tastes stale.

It appears that all of the Lakefront beers that recently hit Birmingham are way out of date. C'mon people. Step it up or your beer won't be getting purchased by anyone 6 months from now.

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Photo of botham
3.95/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a semi-hazy straw color with a couple fingers of white head that dissipates quickly. no lacings on this one.

smells malty, with notes of ale yeast and mild hops. overall the aroma is sweet, but not overly so. very mild and balanced in the nostrils. has a lightly fruity character overall.

taste is sweet up front, with pale and munich malts dominating the flavor, but upon swishing, mild hops show themselves, providing a much needed balance. finishes semi-dry with residual hops.

mouthfeel is light bodied and creamy. mild bite from CO2, and no alcoholic presence. pleasant.

drinkability is good. this brew is refreshing, and contains a decent hop character in addition to the maltiness. overall, a decent brew from Lakefront's standards.

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Cattail Ale from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.2 out of 5 based on 112 ratings.
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